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?who is !n command of the forces attack
ing Torrc-on.
Hundreds of thousand? of rounds of
rifle and machine grun ammunition under
seizure along the Mexican border are
feeing turned over to the constitutional
ists as fast as they prove ownership.
During the two years that the embargo
on arms has been in force agents of the
Department of Justice ha\*e arrested hun
dreds of men in the act of transporting
arms across the border and have seized
carloads of ammunition.
May Drop Some Prosecutions.
Such arms as may be needed as evi
dence against persons still under Indict
ment will not be released for the present.
It was said today, however, that the De
partment of Justice probably will not
attempt to prosecute all the cases against
arms smugglers.
As r result of their frequent claims
that if the embargo on arms should b^
raised they could end the fighting in
Mexico within sixty days, the constltu- j
tiona ists realize that they must now en
deavor to overthrow Huerta as quickly
as possible and that they are under a
moral responsibility to the United States.
Although the t rnted States has not
recognized the belligerency of the con
stitutionalists. the leaders of the move
ment. It was said. understand that Presi
dent Wilson Is depending on them to do
what fighting thry have to do as rapidly
as possible, in order that the reign of
bloodshed may lie o\ cr quickly.
Strictly speaking. the raising of the
rmharpo give? the Huerta forces as much
theoretical advantage as the constitu
tionalists. but It is generally recognized
that th* constitutionalists are really the
ones who will benefit.
Questioned today regarding where
the money for all the arms and ammuni
tion being bought by the rebels is com
^ng from, it was pointed out by con
stitutionalist agents that they are in
complete control of the government
machinery of several Mexican rotates.
?nd are collecting taxes as in time of
Munitions of War for Mexican Reb-1
els Cross International Bridge.
FTL PASO. Tex., February 5.?An ex
press wagon yesterday trundled across
The international bridge from El Paso
to Juarez with th* first load of muni
tions of war permitted to cross to the
rebels under President Wilson's procla
mation lifting the embargo.
The wagon contained 37.000 rounds of
ammunition and seventy rifles, represent
ing the entire stock of a local dealer,
but large quantities of fighting weapons
have been ordered ' >y rebel agents and
soon are to be shipped south for the
rebel attack on Torreon.
Physicians to Make Examination?
La Follete and Stone Better.
Physicians are to subject Senator
Bacon of George, chairman of the Sen
ate foreign relations committee, to an
X-ray examination to asnrtain if he
is suffering from Inflammation of the
rib, which recently was fractured when
the senator fell in a bathtub. The na
ture of Mr. Bacon's illness, which has
confined him to his home most of this
?week, has mystified his physicians, and
his absence has delayed consideration
of arbitration treaties in the Senate.
The condition ??f Senator Stone of
Missouri, who also is confined to his
home by an attack of grip, was an
nounced today as improved.
Senator La Follette, who recently
suffered an attack of neuritis, has so
fur recovered as to b^ able to visit
the Capitol.
Many Public Service Corporations
Have Not Filed State
Failure on the part of a number of j
public service corporations to tile with |
the public utilities commission by Feb
ruary 2 a statement as to their financial
condition at the close of business De- ,
cember ol last may result in the com- ;
panies being subjected to a fine of not
less than $200 nor more than $1,000.
The public utilities law requires the
filing of such statements annually. While
a majority of the larger concerns oper
ating in the District have compiled with
the law. several have not, it is under
stood, and may be required to submit
under oath an explanation as to why the
reports were not submitted within the
time specified.
Companies on Failure List.
Among the companies that have failed
to submit reports, it is stated, are the
Adams Express Company, United States
Express Company, Southern Express
L'ompany, Western Union Telegraph Com
pany, Postal Telegraph-Cable Company,
Washington and Old Dominion railway,
Metropolitan Coach Company. Washing
ton. Baltimore and Annapolis Electric
Railway Company. Washington and
Kockville Railway Company, Washington
and Interurban Railway Company, Wash
ington. Woodsidc and Forest Glen Rail
way and Power Company; Auto Livery
Company, Harriett Taxicab Company,
Federal Taxicab Company and Terminal
Taxicab Company.
The public service corporations that
have filed balance sheets with the com
mission, a3 required by law, are the fol
lowing: Capital Traction Company.
Washington Railway and Electric Com
pany, Georgetown and Tenleytown Rail
way Company, City and Suburban Fail
- ay Company of Washington, Washing
ton-Virginia Railway Company, Potomac
Electric Power Company, Georgetown
? *as Light Company, Washington Gas
Light Companv, Chesapeake and Potomac
Telephone Company, Union Transier
?'ompany and Washington Market Com
Eighth Peace Pact Negotiated by
Secretary Bryan.
secretary Bryan today added another
to the list of peace treaties which he has
i igr.ed when he attached his name to a
t onvention between the United States and
Denmark, providing for the submission
vf any question in dispute between the
? ountries to a commission, which is al
lowed a period of one year for its ex
amination and report. Constantin Brun.
the Danish minister to Washington,
signed the treaty for his own government.
So far eight :-u<h conventions have
been signed, but none of them ha? vet
been submitted lor the approval of the
Wants to Know Whether Fisheries
Commission Has Ended Work.
?*pon suggestion of Senator Root the
senate today passed a resolution calling
.pon the Secretary of Stale to inform
he Senate whether the joint fisheries
^mmission of 1<*GS between the United
juttes and Canada had completed its
The senator explained that many reg
ulations agreed upon by the commission
%vere sent to Congress, but because other
regulations were still under consideration
?>y the commission Congress took no
"The preservation of a great food sup
*>.y depends upon these regulations, said
Senator Root. "I do not know whether
?he commission has finished its work so
that the duty rests with Congress to
proceed to act or not. and it is for that
purpose that I wish this information."
Member of Congress From
New Jersey Succumbs to
Disease of Long Standing.
Wife, Brothers and Sister at Bed
side When End Conies at
Baltimore Sanatorium.
BALTIMORE, Md., February o.?Rob
ert Gunn Bremner, representative in
Congress from the seventh New Jersey
district and editor of the Passaic Daily
Herald, died today of cancer at a local
sanatorium where he had been undergo
ing radium treatment since last Decem
ber. He had been suffering from the
disease for four years. Mr. Bremner
was thirty-nine years old and married,
but childless.
Representative Bremner's wife, three of
his seven brothers and a sister were at
the bedside when the end came. The
patient had been practically unconscious
since Monday, although there were times
when he appeared to be aware of what
was going on around him and occasion
ally he would talk intelligently. Since
yesterday morning, however, he had been
unable to articulate*
Among his last requests was that his
brother Leith should take over the busi
ness of the Passaic Herald, of which he
was owner as well as editor, and also
that he should look after the interests of
his wife. He likewise requested that Rev.
Father Kiernan, rector of a Catholic
church at Passaic, attend his funeral.
Mr. Bremner was not a Catholic, but he
was warmly attached to Father Kiettian
and they had been close friends for many
The funeral services will be held at Mr.
Bremner's late homo at Passaic, where
the body will be taken.
Seemed to Improve for Time.
Mr. Bremner came to a sanitarium here
to try the radium cure after physicians
in this country and Europe had vainly
tried to cure him. It was found that the
disease had made such inroads upon him
that little could be done to help him, and
that the fight against death would be
made with all the odds against him.
Mr. Bremner was optimistic, however,
and tubes containing $100,000 worth of
radium were applied to the growth.
For a time the patient seemed to im
prove, and members of his family fre
quently expressed the belief that he
would recover. They clung to this
hope until a few days ago. when the
sick man was seized with a sinking
spell. From that time on Mr. Brem
ner grew steadily weaker, although he
several times rallied in a surprising
manner, aided by his strong vitality
and powerful will.
In his last days of suffering Mr.
Bremner still fought on, and insisted
that he would get well. He declared
that he wanted to go back to Congress
to fight for a bill to have a govern
ment-owned radium institute so that
this mineral could be at the disposal
of the rich and poor alike.
Mr. Bremner was a warm personal
friend of President Wilson, who was kept
constantly advised of his condition, and
who frequently sent him messages of
sympathy and encouragement, accom
panied with flowers. Mr. Bremner's elec
tion to Congress was accomplished while
i he lay in bed ill. He did not make a
1 speech. The election is said to have been
a tribute to his pluck. On the night be
fore the election President Wilson, then
j Governor of New Jersey, visited Pas
saic and made a speech for Bremner.
Mr. Bremner was a native of Keiss,
| Caithness, Scotland, whence his family
emigrated to Canada when he was a
youth. His mother, Mrs. Alexander Brem
ner, is living !n Camilla, Canada.
Known to All as "Bob."
??Bob" Bremner is what every man in
the House of Representatives called him,
and "Bob" he was known to every politi
cian in northern New Jersey and to
every man in the county and town
which sent him to Congress. He was
'Bob" Bremner to labor organizations
and to the Spanish War Veterans and to
every man who has ever met him.
He had become one of the beet known,
best loved men in Congress, despite the
fact that ho had been unable to attend
meetings of the House or of the com
mittees with any degree of regularity.
He was a member of the District com- |
m.ttee, and great things were expected 1
of him because of the reputation which .
preceded him as a worker, a clear think
er and a man who go what he went
His friendship for President Wilson,
I reciprocated. It is said, waa another dis
tinguishing mark. Members of the Dis
trict committee grew attached to him, ]
and several of them had visited him while;
in the Baltimore hospital. Representa
tive George of New York at the District
committee meeting this morning, told,
of the latest visit he had made to the;
bedside of Mr. Bremner.
"In his last hours,'' said Mr. George,
"he lost none of his character. '
The committee will send a floral tribute
to the funeral, Representative George
being appointed to look after it.
Saw None of His Bills Pass.
"Bob" Bremner died without seeing one
of his pet legislative measures go through
the House. One was a bill to provide for
a bureau of safety as an adjunct to the
Department of Labor. The measure la
written with regard to the lives and
health of industrial workers and estab
lishes governmental machinery to effect
better working conditions, and to take
away from mill workers, factory workers
and other toilers and laborers many of
the perils now existing in their dally lives.
Realizing that ?'Bob'' Bremner was on
his death bed. Representative Walsh of
New Jersey asked ate yesterday after
noon that the bill be taken up and
Passed. It has already been reported by
the House labor committee.
Speaker Clark explained that al
though it would violate the practice of
the House, he had consulted with re
publican and democratic leaders and
believed under the conditions there
would be no objection.
Had it not been for Representative
Sisson of Mississippi, the bill might
have passed. Representative Sisson
made an objection, saying that he be
| Ileved the House should not take up
legislation so important in so hurried
! a manner.
! This was Mr. Bremner's first term In
House to Adjourn Out of Respect.
After conferences between Speaker
Clark and Democratic Leader Underwood
it was determined not to adjourn the
House at once, because of the great pres
sure of business, but a resolution was
agreed upon for an adjournment as soon
as the business arranged for the day had
been disposed of.
Speaker Clark. Democratic Leader TTn
derwood. Republican Leader Mann atid
?t r? exPr?ssed very warm tribute to
Mr. Bremner today. A resolution was
drawn to express the sympathy of the
House and a committee to attend the
funeral on the part of the House will be
appointed by Speaker Clark late today.
Mr. Bremner was last in the House the
aay Congress adjourned for the Christ
mas holidays and he chatted freely with
some of his colleagues, with a braverv
that excited comment. He was smiling
and outwardly happy, though suffering
such agony that his head was drawn in i
a pitifully contorted way.
President Wilson and Secretary Tumul- I
ty were both deeply affected by the news I
? ?^ath* , Mr* wl,son had great'
faith in the gritty, courageous man who I
Pa8?fd Bremner's sunshine!
smile and a cheerful disposition marked
his visits to the White House. He had
often told friends he saw the shadow of
death lurking nearby, and knew it would
overtake him, but he saw no reason to
spread gloom among his friends. Stran
gers would never have known that he was
suffering from a fatal disease, and he1
never said anything among his friends
about his condition.
Secretary Tumulty will attend the fu
neral and the President may do so.
Secretary of Commerce Addresses
Association in Baltimore on
Foreign Trade.
BALTIMORE, Md.. February 5.?Thor
ough acquaintance with the pecu'iaritles
of foreign customers and a maintenance
of a high grade of goods sent into those
countries was urged by William C. Red
field, Secretary of Commerce, at the sev
enth annual convention of the National
Canners- Association here today.
"Spend freely upon the foreign field in
demonstration and in distribution," said
Mr. Red field. "Put the best men avail
able on the job, and back them up by
continuous production of good food arti
cles attractively packed and marked
with truthful and explicit labels, and you
cannot keep your sales from growing.
Many in other lands want new foods, and
they want good foods, and if you give I
them both they v.'ill come to you and vou
cannot help it. The Department of Com
merce will help you so far as it iies in
tiLPO>Wer.u y th,", fathering of lnforma
hvn'n ^ neil? K ot suSSestions. and |
03 aoin0 all it can to remove unnecessary
restri<? his and arbitrary tariffs, in which I
that Th?0r5 >OU. may reIy upon the fact
that the Department of State will cor
dially co-operate." I
. !
First Testimony of Shippers Heard
In Freight Rate Cases.
The iirst testimony by shippers favor
ing an increase in freight rates was de- !
veloped today before the interstate com
merce commission at its hearing on pro
tests against the 5 per cent advance
asked by the eastern railroads.
T. A. Gantt, traffic manager of the
Corn Products Refining Company, testi
fied that his company had no objection
to the increase if the rates made no
discrimination in favor of competitors
commission gave a hearing today
urb a
Charfeston' % r't ?" <-'<""Pany the
c- Mining and Manufac
turing Company, all of which concern?*
r?Present?d at the hearing by H
Glover of Richmond, Va and the
M,nneapoHnSMin^nSee<1 Compa^' of
Forces Withdraw After Skirmish
With Federals Defending Torreon.
C HIHUAHUA, Mex., February 5.?The
first skirmish between federal troops pro
tecting Torreon and the rebel army ad
vancing on that city, resulted in a with
drawal of the rebel forces. The fight was
in the mountain pass of Puerta de Laca
dena. about thirty miles from Mapiml
and northwest of Torreon.
Rebel troops under Gen. Urbina were
fua/d!nf tf'? Pass when they were at
\aChHd.fbS f federal forcc f?? Mapimi
trr.?f ,l If resulted in the rebels" re
treat to the main rebel advance srnarH
north of Mapimi. Gen. U?bina wS at
tempting to hold the pass as an
EKf* fo^ rebels from the west. The
rebels now believe they will have to
TorreorT Maplmi be{ol"e they march on
May Head Trustees to Take Over
B. & M. New Haven Holdings.
Louis D. Brandeis of Boston probably
will be chairman of a board of trustees
to take over the Boston and Maine
holdings of the New York, New Haven
and Hartford under the plan agreed
to by Attorney General McReynolds
and Chairman Elliott of the New
Mr. Brandeis conferred with Attorney
General McKcynolds today, and al
though no announcement was made at
the Department of Justice, it was un
derstood that he was asked to become
chairman of the trustees. "
Freed Upon Bribery Charge.
ST. PAUL, February D.?Martin Flana
gan. former police chief, and Frederick
Turner, detective, were adjudged not
guilty of bribery by a jury in the cir
cuit court today. They were indicted on
sharing in a one-thousand
underworld* " "y a WOInan ?f th?
Can Trust Hearing Postponed.
NEW YORK, February 8.?The taking
of testimony In the government dissolu
tion suit against the American Can Com
pany. which was to have been begun
here today before Edward Hacker of
Nashville, Tenn., aa special examiner.
was<r postponed to a date to be tiled
Can't Spare the Time.
From tlM Boston Transcript.
Blx?They say that women are hardly
ever stammerers.
Dlx?No; they have so much to say
that they can't stop for it.
, *5* 5jre};a fertilizer plant at French
town, Md.. has been sold by R. C. Thack
ery. Frederick T. Haines and William S.
Evans, trustees, to the Lancaster Chem
hjal^ompany of Lancaster, Pa., tor
Inventory at Bureau of Engraving
and Printing Fails to
Solve Mystery.
Four thousand dollars' worth of ten
dollar gold notes which disappeared in
some mysterious manner from the bureau
of engraving and printing had not been
found today in an inventory which cov
ered 85 per cent of all the work of the
The lost notes were only partly finished,
however, and would be valueless to any
one except a counterfeiter, who might
supply the missing seals, stamps and
numbers. The notes were lost in unqjit
sheets, four to a sheet. One hundred
sheets disappeared somewhere while the
day and night forces were changing
shifts January 23.
Various Theories Entertained.
As near as Director Ralph and other
officials investigating the loss can learn,
a day force on that date left 2,500 sheets
over for the night force for further work.
When the night count was made the
total was 100 sheets short
It has not been determined whether
the day count was 100 sheets out of the
way or whether the loss occurred after
the night force took charge of the money.
Various theories are entertained by the
Lrosses at the bureau during Director
Ralph's administration have been very
rare. One hundred and five dollars'
worth ot postage stamps were stolen and
the thief later confessed. Forty dollars
in gold notes disappeared about two
years ago and two men who were sus
pected later left the bureau.
The bureau force on the day that the
$4,000 of notes disappeared had handled
more than two million sheets of money.
The investigation sull is under way.
Constitutional Reforms Championed
by Cummins and Others
in Senate.
Maintaining that the "Constitution
ought to be the direct declaration of the
people rather than the declaration of a
legislative body," Senator Cummins of
Iowa and other members of the judiciary
committee submitted a minority report
today urging adoption of a constitutional
amendment which would make the Con
stitution amendable without initiative ac
tion by Congress.
The amendment proposed by Senator
Cummins, and reported adversely by the
judiciary majority, would provide that
state legislatures could initiate constitu
tional changes which the President might
submit to the states for approval with
out reference to Congress. It would also
extend the right to primary voters to
petition state legislatures to amend the
Controls legislation.
"A constitution controls legislation, and
it is illogical to subject it to the judg
ment of the legislature it is to govern,"
declared Senators Cummins and Ashurst
In a portion of the minority views.
"The people should bo able to initi
ate amendments to state constitutions
which are limitations upon power, and
much more so should they be able to
initiate amendments to the federal
Constitution, which is a grant of
Senators Walsh, Borah. Nelson,
Overman and Chilton also opposed re
jection of the Cummins amendment by
the majority. Senator Chilton said he
thought it wise to give a Biasonable
number of states the power to submit
a constitutional amendment for ratifi
McDonough Denies Beating Chicago
Woman Election Clerk.
CHICAGO. February 5.?Joseph Mc
Donough, a fifth ward politician, whom
Miss May Walsh, one of the woman
election clerks who served at Tuesday's
registration, accused of having attack
ed and beaten her last night while she
was canvassing the ward in her offi
cial capacity, surrendered to the police
Miss Walsh declared that McDonough
struck and injured her after ordering
her from his house. McDonough de
nied that he struck the woman. Friends
of Misa Walsh believed that the attack
was prompted by McDonough's resent
ment of the entrance of women into
Four Persons Believed to Have Been
Killed or Seriously Hurt.
JACKSONVILLE Fla., February 5.?A
large sightseeing car was hit by a Sea
board Air Line train at noon today at
a street crossing near Wood lawn cem
etery and four persons are said to have
been killed or dangerously wounded.
There is a curve at the point and the
car was crossing the track when the
train dashed around the bend knocking
the car high in the air and hurling the
passengers violently to tho ground. There
were twenty-five persons aboard the car
and all were more or less bruised.
Was Pioneer Teacher in District Col
ored Public Schools.
Miss Mattie Amanda R. Boweti, a
pioneer teacher In the colored public
schools of this city, died today at her
residence, 0B1 Florida avenue northwest,
after a short illness. Miss Bowen came
to this city early in tho '70's from
Providence, R. I., where she received her
academic training. She was one of the
first of her race to enter the high school
of that city.
She had held the position of superin
tendent of the Metropolitan A. M. E.
Sunday school, and was treasurer of the
Bethel Literary Association from its or
ganization in 1881. She also was a mem
ber of the Woman's Relief Corps of the
Grand Army of the Republic. Funeral
arrangements have not been completed.
Nine May Have Perished
BEMIDJI. Minn., February 3.?It was
believed today that nine persons lost
their lives in the fire that destroyed a
hotel at Kelliher, Minn., yesterday in
stead of six, previously reported. Three
men who are known to have entered the
building shortly before the fire was dis
covered had not been accounted for.
None of the bodies had been recovered.
All of the thirteen injured probably will
recover, it was said at the hospital here.
William Butler Yeats Coming.
NEW YORK, February 5.?William But
ler Yeats, the Irish artist-author-poet
playwright, is a passenger on the Lusl
tanla, due tomorrow. It has been twenty
years since he visited this country. He
is coming now at the invitation of his
friends, who have taken great interest in
his Irish national theater movement, and
while here he will deliver lectures on the
Department of Labor Is First
to Act on Request of Sec
retary Garrison.
Efficiency Ratings of Government
Clerks Not to Be Affected.
All Expected to Act.
The first government department to
take action in accordance with the recent
letter of Secretary Garrison of the War
Department asking the promulgation of
regulations providing that employes of
government departments, whether in the
District or outside, should be excused for
military duty without lowering their ef
ficiency ratings, was the Department of
L?abor. Secretary Wilson today directed
the preparation of an order in accord
ance with the request of the Secretary of
In addition to excusing all employes
who are members of the National
Guard of the District of Columbia, the
order also excuses employes of the
field services of the department who
arc members of the militia organiza
tions of other states. These include em
ployes of the immigration service,
field employes of the children's bureau
and the bureau of labor statistics.
At the Treasury Department, it was
said, a copy of the letter was sent to
the chiefs of divisions asking their opin
ion about the matter. However, it was
declared that in the end there probably
would be nothing for the department to
do but to fall into line and comply with
the request of the Secretary of War.
Secretary Garrison's letter had been
sidetracked at the Interior Department,
but it was declared this afternoon that
the matter would be taken up immedi
ately, and favorable action taken.
It seems that no order will be neces
sary at the Department of Commerce.
Secretary Redfield, in regulations gov
erning leaves of absence, which were
published July 16, 1912, inserted a para
graph covering the point which the Secre
tary of War has written about. This
paragraph reads:
Leave Granted by Redfield.
"Military leave may be granted to em
ployes in Washington, D. C., who are
members of the District National Guard
and to employes outside of Washington,
u. c., who are members of the organized
militia of the several states. The latter
may be excused from duty without loss
of pay or time, in the event they can be
spared without detriment to the service,
such absence to be limited to annual en
campments and regular parades. Appli
cation for such leave must be made in
advance and must subsequently be sup
ported by the certificate of a competent
officer of the National Guard of which
the employe is a member."
A letter in reply to that of the Secre
tary of War has been prepared for the
signature of Secretary Redfield. It is
understood that it refers the Secretary
of War to the paragraph already in the
regulations of the Department of Com
Inquiries made at other departments
of the government brought statements
that the letter from the Secretary of
War had not been acted upon.
Expect All Departments to Agree.
Officials of the War Department and
officers of the army interested in the wel
fare of the organized militia of the coun
try express confidence in-the co-operation
of the heads of all the executive depart
ments of the government in the establish
ment of a general policy of providing
leaves of absence to members of the mil
itia called out for legitimate militia duty
without prejudice to their official status.
Although it does not so appear in the
official correspondence on the subject, it
is understood that the action of the na
tional militia board in recommending such
a course of action was predicated mainly
on the case of Capt. T. R. Clark of the
pay department of the National Guard
of the District of Columbia. That officer
recently tendered his resignation in the
District militia. In order, he explained, to
protect his efficiency rating In the Treas
ury Department. He had been notified
by John Skelton Williams, now controller
of the currency, but then assistant sec
retary of the Treasury, that any absence
he might take for the purpose of service
with the District militia would militate
against his efficiency record and prob
ably affect his chances for promotion.
His resignation was forwarded to Brig.
Gen. Harries, commanding the District
of Columbia militia, who directed that
no action be taken with respect to it
until he could communicate with the fed
eral authorities on the subject.
War Department Approached.
Gen. Harries wrote to the War Depart
ment and Representative Kahn of Cali
fornia personally presented the case to
Secretary Garrison and Assistant Secre
j tary Breckinridge, with a view to re
medial action. Both were informed that
I the War Department was entirely with
out jurisdiction in the particular in
stance, as it was a matter of adminls
1 tration by the Secretary of the Treas
| Following the action of the national
militia board suggesting that steps be
taken to provide that members of the
militia in government service shall be
granted leaves of absence for militia
service without projudlce to their official
status, however, Secretary Garrison
wrote a circular letter to the Secretary
of the Treasury and the heads of all
the other government departments in
this city, requesting that they take
"such action as will carry into effect the
the recommendation made by tho militia
Chapter of Eastern Star Formed and
Officer* Are Elected.
Special Correspond?!*, of The star.
HERNDON, Va., February 5. 1914.
Herndon Chapter. Order of tho Eastern
Star, was organised here last Saturday,
members of the order from Washington,
Richmond and Fails Church assisting in
the ceremonics. The following officers
were elected: Miss Nettle Bradshaw.
worthy matron; Mrs. George L. Keys, as
sociate matron; Guy N. Church, patron;
Mrs. Bmest L. Robey, treasurer, and
Ralph XV. Crouch, secretary. Mr. Quarles
of Richmond. Va.. past master of the
lodge and worthy patron of the Virginia
chapter, was present.
The Fairfax county pension committee
met at Fairfax and elected Capt. J. N.
Ballard chairman and George K. Pickett
secretary. The fol.owing constitute the
committee: Lee district. John P. Davis;
Centervllle district, J. N. Ballard; Falls
Church, U. S. Harrison; Providence dis
trict, R. G. Clark; Dranesville. C. C.
Clarke; Mount Vernon, George K. Pickett.
The Boys' Club of Herndon Is to pre
sent the comedy. "Who's a Coward?" In
Walker's Hall. Friday, the leading parts
being taken by Floyd Thompson. Leon
ard White, Harold F. Hanes and Percy
The Home Interest Club met Tuesday
with Mrs. Harry Bready and decided to
hold the club's annual banquet February
Herndon is to have Its first suffrage
meeting February 14. when the Fairfax
County Suffrage League meets.
Rev. W. H. Burkhardt of Leesburg will
occupy the pulpit of St. Timothy's Epis
copal Church next Sunday afternoon.
President and Democratic Leaders
Concur on Rural Credits
A. definite agreement between President
Wilson and the democratic House and
Senate leaders has been reached whereby
rural credits legislation will be hurried
through at this session of Congress.
This was determined following a series
of conferences involving the President.
Senator Owen. Majority Leader Under
wood of the House, and Representative
Bulkley. chairman of the House subcom
mittee, in charge of the legislation
Representative Bulkley announced to
day that his subcommittee had abandoned
a proposed trip about the country hearing
Interested persons in order to expedite
action on the bill. . .
The committee will hold hearings In
Washington, but will hurry them along
in an effort to get a bill before the HoJse
early in April. Senator Owen an da Sen
ate committee will co-operate with the
Bulkley committee in order that there
may be no delay after the bill passes the
HIt Is expected that both committees will
practically agreo on the measure before
it is introduced in the House.
fContinued from First PageO
the press by the Postmaster General;
American newspapers will not tolerate
it," was the comment of Senator Hitch
cock to fellow-members of the Senate
banking and currency committee yester
day afternoon. Samuel Untermyer was
before the committee when Senator
Hitchcock's protest was made.
The bill provides for denial of the mails
to stock exchanges which violate restric
tions imposed by the measure.
Senator Hitchcock declared the measure
was an attempt to take from the states
powers and duties which are purely do
mestic and in no sense
serted that the wording of the bill would
give the Postmaster General absolute su
pervision of whatever news concerning
stock exchanges papers outside of the
cities where the exchanges were located
wished to print. .
Mr. Untermyer insisted 'he given
*v?? no??tmaster was limited; that oni>
HSfS a fraudulent character
would be barred 'rom the mails. Th
press always has been Jealous of the post
office privileges," he said, tearing that
regulations might some time reach
libelous matter."
Hitchcock Disputes Statement.
"As a newspaper man. I take excep
tion to that statement," said Senator
Hitchcock. "The papers only resist any
attempt to place In the hands ofanyonc
man the power to censor publications-.
The freedom of the press is a funda
mental principle of our government.
Senator Nelson attacked the bill as not
SU.H?undo "no?'get at the root of the
?n^fhsetor Tha?'ls what
see kto control? That Is the great power
of these Exchanges; the power to place
WMrCHUnternfyer* insisted'6 that the pro
Mr. Lntermj statement of
^e'?affatrqs and responsibility of listed
corporations served much the same pur
P?*You've got infected with the Wall
haven't killed it.'
White Slave Depot Believed to Have
Been Found in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES, February 5.?While
searching a Chinese rooming house in
Chinatown last night for opium smok
ers the police discovered three white
girls hidden between the ceiling of
the first story and flooring of the sec
ond. The girls were crowded in a
small aperture, concealed by a false
ceiling, into which they had been
forced when the police entered the
building. At police headquarters the
girls said they were all over twenty
years old. They refused to tell how
they came to be in the house or to give
anv information against Young Tick,
<i Chinese, who resisted the police while
the raid was under way. and who was
arrested with them. The police believe
they have found a Chinese white slave
The girls will be held pendi' & an in
vestigation by juvenile court officials,
Who believe they are under age.
M. R. Kernochan Seeks an Annual
Allowance of $12,000.
NEW YORK, February 5.?Marshall R.
Kernochan, society man, composer and
a member of nine clubs, asked the
supreme court today to increase his al
lowance so that he could marry a girl
without money. Young Kernochan has
been receiving $3,750 a year from the |
estate of an aunt. Miss Marie Marshall. I
of Virginia. He wants this allowance
raised to $12,000.
A referee to whom his petition was sub
mitted recommended an allowance of
S'l 0u0 on the ground that Kernochan had
been brought up in surroundlngs which
led him Into extravagance beyond his
means. The court reserved decision.
J. W. Smith of Maryland Suffers Loss
On 69th Birthday.
B VLTIMORE, Md.. February 5.?Soon !
after Senator John Walter Smith of .
Marvland left the home of his son-in
law. Arthur D. Foster, at Roland Park,
a fashionable suburb, for Washington
today, the house caught fire and was
practically destroyed, together with
its furnishings, entailing a loss of
about 120.000. |
The blaze occurred on the senator's
sixty-ninth birthday, but he said ho
did not regard it as a stroke of bad
luck because it might have been much
worse. He was so glad that his daugh
ter and her children escaped that he
viewed the property loss lightly.
Holds Fate of Hans Schmidt.
NEW YORK. February 5.?The fate
of Hans Schmidt, the pseudo priest, ac
cused of the murder of Anna Aumuller.
was placed in the hands of a jury today
for the second time. At his former ?
trial the Jury disagreed. Justice Davis, j
in delivering his second charge in the
case held, as before, that if the jury
found that Schmidt did not realize the
nature of his act he roust be acquitted.
Scalded to Death on Ship.
NEW YORK, February 5.?The oil
tank steamer San Gregorio, in port to
day from Rotterdam, reported that
Monday evening a valve box in her en
gine room broke, filling the compart
ment With steam. William Kemp, an
.engineer, was sea ded to death and
fhree other members of the crew were
seriously burned. They were in the
Ship's hospital when the vessel came in
Herbert Saudi of Hew York Tells
Twentieth Century Club
How to Save Money.
How money may be saved to taxpayers
! through the scientific management of
cities was told by Herbert Sands of the
bureau of minicipal research of New
York In an address today before the
I Twentieth Century Club at its meeting at
All Souls' Unitarian Church.
Speaking of the plan to make Wash
ington a model city. Mr. Sands asserted
that such a plan would prove of great
benefit not only to Washington, but to
all the cities in this country. Through
scientific management of the cities of
this country, he said, they could be placed
above German cities, which now are in
the lead of all the world in certain re
The following were nominated: For
president. Mrs. Thomas W. Sid well and
Mrs. Marius Campbell; for vice president,
Mrs. Eugene E. Stevens and Mrs. Joseph
; Stewart; for secretary, Mrs. Berry E.
Smith and Mrs. Frank R. Rutter; for
corresponding secretary, Mrs. William 1L
Herron and Mrs. L. C. Strider, and for
treasurer. Miss Grace Willis and Mrs. A.
R. CrandaJl.
Nominations for directors, of whom
five are to be chosen, follow: Mra. Frank
Baker, Mrs. Caleb Miller, Mrs. Gilbert S.
Grosvenor. Mrs. George J. Hesselman.
Mrs. T. L. Cole, Mrs. Henry Gannett,
Mrs. Harriet L. Ay res. Mrs. Edward A.
Fay, Mrs. William H. Dall and Miss
Elizabeth Carhart.
Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, wife of the
President; Mrs. Albert Burleson, wife of
the Postmaster General, and Mrs. Wil
liam C. Redfield, wife of the Secretary
of Commerce, were present at the meet
ing. The Peters bill limiting employment
of women in the District to eight hours a
day was indorsed by the organization,
and officers were nominated, the election
to take place at the next meeting,
j Mr. Sands treated at length various
i phases of municipal government in his
address, which was entitled "The New
Meaning of City Government in Amer
ica." He spoke of the purification of the
milk and water suply and its effect in
lowering the death rate. He said consid
erable money could be saved in nearly
every city in the country by preventing
waste of water in the pumping or by the
Oregon City Now a Leader.
Higher efficiency could be obtained also
in a thousand other ways, all of which
[might be brought out through the sci
entific investigation of a specialist in this
line, he said. Portland, Ore., is now one
of the leading cities of this country
through the interest which has been
taken there in the new methods of oper
ation. The business manager form of
municipal government, he predicted, would
soon be adopted by a large number of
cities throughout the nation.
26 Persons Rescued From Steamship
Vadso Reach Prince Rupert, B. C.
PRINCE RUPERT. British Columbia.
February 5.?The steamship Vadso of the
Union line, Capt. Richardson, was lost in
Nagosa gulf, Portland canaJ, early Tues
day. The vessel in a heavy snowstorm
hit a rock, sinking in half an hour. The
twenty-six persons on board were saved,
reaching here yesterday by the steamship
Capt. Richardson's story of the sinking
is that the Vadso struck in a wild storm
! in the dark. The steamer immediately
l began to fill. Many ol' the crew were in
i their bunks, and only had time to get a
few personal effects and lower away
| some boats. All freight was lost. The
survivors reached Arrandate cannery,
: where they were picked up by the Ven
i ture.
| Ruling Regarding Privileges at Rail
I ways in Pennsylvania.
j HARRISBURG, Pa., February 5.?The
| public service commission today ruled
the railroad companies in Pennsylvania
may issue free passes to their officers
and employes to be used for the trans
portation of the dependent members of
the families of such officers and em
ployes. The ruling is strengthened by a
declaration that the granting of these
j concessions will not be regarded by the
commission as a violation of the provi
sions of the public service company law
which went into effect January 1. It
also ruled that the free transportation
furnished by common carriers to police
men and firemen in the dlscnarge of their
public duties is not such free transporta
tion as is prohibited by the provisions
of the law. The commission did not
pass upon the question regarding reduced
rates for clergymen.
Mexican Rebels Assert They Have
Taken Important Port.
NOG ALES. Ariz., February .\-.Ma
zatlan, an important seacoast port on the
coast of Sinaloa, fell into the hands of
Carranza's forces today, according to in
formation received in Nogales, Sonora, j
from rebel sources. 1
Missing Schoolgirl Found.
NEW YORK. February o.?Several
hundred girls, many of them schoolmates
of Florence Barbara Lawlor, a missing
Brooklyn high school student, joined the [
search for Miss Lawlor today. The girl |
disappeared last Monday morning, after j
she left her home presumably for school. J
The police learned today that Miss ;
Lawlor had been found by her uncle in J
Chicago, and was being cared for at the
Young Wonion's Christian Association, j
Death of Dr. E. G. Day in New York
NEW YORK, February 5.?l>r. Ekiward
Gardiner Day. an eminent physician and
surgeon in New York city for thirty
years, is dead at the age of seventy years.
Death, which was due to a complication
of diseases, was hastened by grief over
the death of his wife, which occurred
January 9. Dr. Day was the author of t
tnedica' treatises in the professional jour- i
nals. He also was the author of a ro- j
mance, "The Realm of Light," and was i
at work on a second volume when he I
iv-as stricken.
Restaurant Employes Strike.
CHICAGO. February 5.?Cooks, wait- j
ers and waitresses employed in a big |
Randolph street restaurant walked out j
today because their demands had not j
been granted. The union officials Eaid j
the strike would extend to thirty-five j
restaurants controlled by the Restaurant ;
Keepers' Association unless the request
for increased wages, shorter hours and
one day oft each week is complied with
A police guard was asked by the res- j
taurant affected today.
Suffragette Held on Arson Charge.
GLASGOW, Scotland, February 5.?A j
suffragette giving the name of Rhode i
Robinson was arrested here today and i
taken to Dunblane, Perthshire, in con- j
nection with the incendiary fires at- i
tributes to militant suffragette "arson j
squads'* which occurred yesterday at
AberuchiU castle, tne "House of Ross," J
and St. Fillan's mansion in that county. |
Men Interested in the Repair
ing of 7th Street Hope
ful of Success.
Efforts Are Being Made to Get the
Support of Civic Bodies for
the Movement.
Plans were completed today for a
big mass meeting of persons interested
In the repaving of 7th street north
west. The meeting is to be held Satur
day night at the Carroll Institute Hall
and A. J. Driscoll. president of the Mid
city Citizens' Association, is to pre
side. The men back of the movement
expect it to be largely attended and to
result in decisive action.
It was announced this afternoon by
Joseph Berberich. M. Frank Ruppert
and Milton Goldsmith, comprising th*
publicity committee of the Mid-city
Citizens' Association, that the peti
tions asking Congress for the repay
ing of the street have been signed by
every property holder along both tide;-,
of the street from New York avenue to
Florida avenue.
The petitions will be presented to the
House District committee, probably to
morrow. with a request that th*? item
for the repaying of the street be re
stored to the District appropriation
bill. Men in charge of the movement
said today that they are willing to
plead with the committee and do ever> -
thing legal and proper.
In Hearty Accord.
Efforts are now being made to get
the active support of the Board of
Trade, Chamber of Commerce. Retail
Merchants' Association and other or
ganizations for the movement. It is
said that all members of these organi
zations are heartily in accord with the
suggestion and are willing to go on
record to that effect at any time
Because 7th street is one of the main
arteries of business into the city from
Maryland, the men interested in the
movement point out they have the sup
port of many business men in all sec
tions of the city, regardless of whether
they are particularly interested in 7th
street or not.
The Star is in receipt of numerous
letters relative to the need of repaying
of upper 7th street northwest, which is
now subject of a protest to the appro
priations committee of the Senate
against the dropping from the District
bill of an item to this end and express
ing appreciation of this paper's endeav
ors in behalf of the much-needr-d Im
provement. Two of these letters are
herewith printed, the others being of a
similar tenor:
Present Paving a Sorry Sight.
To the Editor of The Star;
Your recent editorial on tue question o#
an improved pavement for 7th street
northwest was most timely and verv
commendable. The need of this improve
ment is very apparent, for 7th street
northwest, paved as it is with the ancient
Belgian blocks, w hich have long ago out
lived their usefulness, presents a sorry
sight, indeed.
While taxes are increased upon prop
erties on this street, the merchants suf
fer a loss due to the i?oor pa vine, in that
traffic is being regularly diverted to the
better paved streets running parallel.
We greatly regret that the House has
stricken the item providing ior the
paving of this street with asphalt from
the list of estimates as prepared by the
Commissioners, and we hope in a con
servative manner to impress upon the
committees of the House and Senate the
great importance and need of the im
provements and that the item providing
for the paving of 7tli street w ill be placed
back in the appropriation bill.
President Mid-City Citizens' Assn.
Commendation in Resolution.
To the Editor of TLe if tar:
At a meeting of the Mid-City Citizens'
Association held this day at 1000 ?th
street northwest a resolution was offered
and adopted commending the long edi
torial in your paper of the 27th ultimo,
wherein the paving o? <th street north
west from New York avenue to Florida
avenue was urged and the reasons there
for so < learly set forth, and the seer. -
tary was directed to send a vo e of
thanks of said association to your paper.
Secretary pro tem.
Eight Army Engineers Ordered to
Beport for Examination.
Light officers of the Corps of Engineer*
have been ordered to report for examina
tion to determine their Mtness for pro
motion. Five of these officers will be ex
amined at Washington barracks by a
board consisting of Lieut. Col. Joseph E.
Kuhn, Maj. F. W. Altstaetter and Maj.
A. A. Fries, Corps of Engineers, and Maj
C. D. Buck and Capt. William H. Mori
crief. Medical Corps. These candidates
are Capt. Alfred B. Putnam and Second
Lieuts. Francis K Newcomer, Gordon R
Young. Richard U. Nicholas and Myron
The three other candidates for promo
tion are Second Lieuts. William C. Sher
man, Charles F Williams and Leo J.
Dillow. They will be examined by a
board to convene at Texas City, Tex.
Bryan Not Going to Europe.
Secretary Bryan stated today, in re
sponse to inquiries, that there is not a
scintilla of truth in the report, published
this morning, that he is t-? go to Europe
to lecture on peace. Mr. Bryan declared
that not only has he no intention uf do
ing so, but that the idea has never oc
curred to him.
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By Earl DerrBiggers
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